These young environmental scientists are focused on a critical objective: saving the planet from ourselves.

Design a wind turbine out of recycled materials. Plant a “seed bomb” in your garden. Calculate your family’s eco-footprint. Through an examination of energy efficiency, food systems, and household waste, Eco Genius studies the human impact on our environment and how we can lead a more sustainable daily life. By the end of the week, students will create a concrete plan for taking action—at home and in the community—to improve the world we live in.

What you will learn at Eco Genius:

  • Stewardship skills to improve and protect the environment for future generations
  • Ecological literacy for understanding the relationships between humans and our planet
  • How to plan and build an actionable blueprint for change
  • Strategies for critical thinking and problem-solving
  • Best practices for public speaking—ability to pitch and present work
  • Exploration of the U.N. Global Goals for Sustainable Development

Virtual Camp Requirements:

  • Chromebook, Mac or Windows PC
  • WebCam
  • Stable internet connection with access to Zoom Video Conferencing
  • Headphones or headset with microphone (optional, recommended)

PROJECTS FROM ECO GENIUS STUDENTS

Click on any of the thumbnails below to view sample projects created by students during a week at Future Genius Eco Genius.

Environmental Action Plans & Infographics

Wade M.

Shaylen B.

Ben C.

Eco Genius: Pollution Infographic

Ben, age 11

Eco Genius: Pollution Infographic

Shaylen, age 13

Eco Genius Virtual Camp Daily Schedule

Day 1: “A Global Crisis”

8:45-9:00am Waiting Room
9:00-9:15am Welcome & Morning Trivia
Get the juices flowing with a fun trivia contest.
9:15-9:35am Greta’s Call to Action
Learn about Greta Thunberg and her efforts to unite young people around the world in support of reversing climate change.
9:35-9:45am Intro to Global Goals
9:45-10:00am Exploring/Researching the Global Goals
10:00-10:15am What’s an Infographic?
10:15-10:45am Creating Infographics
10:45-11:15am Sharing Work
11:15-11:45am Lunch Break
Unplug, grab a healthy bite, and go outside for some fresh air!
11:45am-12:05pm Intro to Digital Graphics
12:05-12:50pm Digitizing Your Infographic
12:50-1:05pm Diving Deeper into Topics & Global Goals
1:05-1:20pm Forming Connections – How are the Goals Related?
1:20-1:30pm Debrief, View Peer Work & Leave Feedback


Day 2: “Powering Our Planet”

8:45-9:00am Waiting Room
9:00-9:15am Morning Trivia
9:15-9:30am Cause & Effect – Climate Change
9:30-9:50am Learn & Discuss Solutions – Renewable Energy
9:50-10:20am Simulating a Renewable Future
10:20-10:35am Discuss & Consider
10:35-11:30am Gone With the Wind
Design, build, and test a small wind turbine made out of recycled materials.
11:30am-12:00pm Lunch Break
12:00-12:40pm Creating Infographics – Renewable Energy
12:40-12:50pm Exporting Graphics & Posting Work
12:50-1:10pm Making a Difference – Energy Consumption
Plan an energy audit to analyze the amount of energy that families consume at home.
1:10-1:20pm Introduce Home Energy Audit
1:20-1:30pm Debrief, View Peer Work & Leave Feedback


Day 3: “Clean Up Your Act”

8:45-9:00am Waiting Room
9:00-9:15am Morning Trivia
9:15-9:25am Assembling Home Energy Audit Data
9:25-9:40am Examining the Data
9:40-9:50am Planning for the Future
9:50-10:05am Cause & Effect – Pollution
10:05-10:25am Learn & Discuss Solutions – Reducing Pollution
10:25-10:45am The Repurposed Game
Race to see who can come up with the most ideas for alternate uses to keep common household items out of the trash.
10:45-11:05am Sharing Repurposed Creations
11:05-11:35am Community Clean-Up
11:35am-12:05pm Lunch Break
12:05-12:20pm Discuss & Consider
12:20-12:30pm Planning for the Future
12:30-1:10pm Creating Infographics – Pollution
1:10-1:20pm Exporting Graphics & Posting Work
1:20-1:30pm Debrief, View Peer Work & Leave Feedback


Day 4: “The Real Cost of a Meal”

8:45-9:00am Waiting Room
9:00-9:15am Morning Trivia
9:15-9:30am Cause & Effect – Food Systems
9:30-9:50am Learn & Discuss Solutions – Sustainable Agriculture
9:50-10:10am What’s for Dinner? Part 1: Food Supply Chain
Analyze the various components of a recent meal. Consider the origins of the ingredients and the potential environmental impacts en route to the plate.
10:10-10:35am GMOs: Good, Bad, or Just Different?
10:35-11:05am What’s for Dinner? – Part 2: Buy Local
11:05-11:20am Discuss & Consider
11:20-11:50am Lunch Break
11:50am-12:20pm You Reap What You Sow
Time for a gardening activity to create “seed bombs” to be planted around the community.
12:20-1:00pm Creating Infographics – Food Systems
1:00-1:10pm Exporting Graphics & Posting Work
1:10-1:20pm Planning for the Future
1:20-1:30pm Debrief, View Peer Work & Leave Feedback


Day 5: “The Circle of Life”

8:45-9:00am Waiting Room
9:00-9:15am Morning Trivia
9:15-9:30am Cause & Effect – Biodiversity Loss
9:30-9:50am Learn & Discuss Solutions – Protecting Ecosystems
9:50-10:20am Simulating Biodiversity
10:20-10:35am Discuss & Consider
10:35-11:15am Creating Infographics – Biodiversity
11:15-11:25am Exporting Graphics & Posting Work
11:25-11:35am Planning for the Future
11:35am-12:05pm Lunch
12:05-12:10pm Instructions for Drafting Action Plans
12:10-12:50pm Taking Action
Design a meaningful eco-friendly initiative to introduce at school or in the community.
12:50-1:20pm Presenting Action Plans in Small Groups
1:20-1:30pm Farewell
Continue to explore environmental studies and find ways to be an advocate for the Global Goals!

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